Described by The Guardian as "a considerable talent", Joanna Lee's compositions have been shortlisted for a British Composer Award and Arts Foundation Opera Composition Award, featured in both Premieres of the Year and Premiere of the Fortnight in Classical Music magazine, and her first chamber opera received the Stephen Oliver Award. She is the 2013 recipient of the John Collard Clementi Fellowship. Her work has been described variously as "sharply witty" (Daily Telegraph) and "assured and confident" (Birmingham Post).
Joanna is currently working on a new commission for English National Opera. She was BCMG/SAM Apprentice Composer-
Other recent projects include a commission for EXAUDI, a Jerwood Opera Fellowship and a residency at Aldeburgh composing a choral piece for Aldeburgh Music Club to celebrate 60 years since their founding by Benjamin Britten, including a performance during the Britten Centenary Weekend 2013.
Performances of Joanna's work include London Symphony Orchestra, BCMG, Psappha, CHROMA, Orchestra of the Swan, Britten-
Joanna has participated in the LSO Panufnik Scheme, Jerwood Opera Writing Foundation Course and the Britten-
Joanna is completing a PhD in composition at Birmingham Conservatoire, supervised by Richard Causton and Edwin Roxburgh, which has also included tuition from Sarah Leonard, Roger Marsh, Howard Skempton, Errollyn Wallen, Judith Weir and John Woolrich. She specialises in contemporary vocal music, music theatre and opera, and her vocal compositions have received recommendations in The Singer and Singing -
Joanna works as music assistant to Paul Englishby, which has included the music for the Oscar-
She is an experienced music educator, teaching composition at Cambridge's prestigious The Perse School and at additional A level schools. She also has a thriving private practice and is engaged as a Composer-